It's Christmas. I work in retail. Put two and two together and it equals STRESS. So in between hectic lines and Christmas lists I often find myself pondering the thought of being marooned on a desert island. Far away from civilisation (but in range of wifi, obviously) and what I would take if I was only allowed to bring a couple of earthly possessions.
Number one on this list, after things I need to survive like food/water/shelter is lipbalm, because I have a confession...
I’m a sufferer of perpetually dry lips.
No seriously, if I leave the house without it I am either going straight back, or buying a new one. There is no going without.
Now it may seem like I am sounding dramatic. Its just lipbalm right? Its bad for you anyway, you can’t be dependant on these things . WRONG. SO WRONG, YOU HAVE NEVER BEEN MORE WRONG.
Something strange happens to me when my lips start to dry and there's no sweet moisturising nectar in sight. I can't concentrate. I can't think. Talking becomes and awkward task, and I find myself playing with my lips in a vain attempt to distract myself from the fact that they are as dry as a desert. And licking them is the WORST thing you can do. It makes them shrivel up into raisins.
I know there are girls in the world who don’t need lippy to survive. Who haven't experienced the panicked rummage through their handbag to try find something, ANYTHING to hydrate their smackers. But lord almighty, I’m not one of them.
So after years of being an addict, you would assume I know the good stuff right?
Yup. I have trialed and tested every damn lip balm under the sun. Name it I have tried it. I think my obsession with finding the perfect lippy began young. You see I have always been a rashy, sensitive skinned child. And growing up I had fierce eczema all over my lips that resembled a pash rash.
From then on in my lips have been coated it chemicals, steroid creams, ointments, things that smell like peppermint, things that smell like honey. Things with the texture of honey that smell like chemicals. I have tried Vaseline, Burts Bees, Carmex, Blistex, Pawpaw (its just Vaseline BTW), Elizabeth Arden 24 hour miracle cream (not so miraculous, smells funny) .
I snuck Rawleighs medical ointment from my grandparents,(you know that fancy, strong smelling stuff in a tin), that EOS lippy in a pink sphere that all the celebs were raving about.
I gave Baby lips by Maybelline a go, the pricey Juicy Tubes by Lancôme that my rich mates had, every Chapstick under the sun, Lip Smackers, Nivea lip butter, body butter and REAL butter (the cool kids at primary school were doing it) the hemp lippy from The Bodyshop (tastes bitter), Harraw, I even made my own lavender scented balm with the help of my dad, and probably thousands more, all of which I will remember directly after I have posted this article and it will really annoy me.
So now I have proven to you I’m an expert, you may ask what is my favourite, go to after 24 years if addiction.
This changed my life.
Its packaging is not overly aesthetically pleasing. Its found in most Pricelines and is only FIVE DOLLARS!!! Yes. It literally has NO scent and you have probably never heard of it.
THIS !!!!!! Dermal Therapy Lipbalm *
All hail the queen of balms, told you shes modest looking, but DAMN shes effective.
It boasts visible results in one day, but the fact that I don't need to constantly reapply really makes my heart sing.
What do you swear by? Any nostalgic memories of your first lip balm you want to share or some goodies I just have to try? Let me know in the comment below.
*not sponsored but open to offers (call me!!!!)